Hitting the Reset Button: A New Year
I love the holidays, from Thanksgiving to New Years my house if jolly and warm and smells like flour and sugar. However, come January 1st I remove the clutter, take a deep breath, and begin again. I think the new year is a nice reminder that there are second chances, chances to change the way you do life and think. We can make those changes any time of the year but sometimes we need a gentle whisper.
I've recently seen a lot of posts blaming 2016 for being a bad year. And frankly, it was tough. As a society we lost a lot of beautifully talented famous folks, saw racism in a very raw and real way and had one of the most tense election seasons I can remember. But in the quietness of our own homes I know a lot of us had some tough things to deal with as well. We personally dealt with an unexpected pregnancy and then miscarried. We worked through a myriad of emotions and finally realized the mourning process will forever be a part of us. If only I could blame 2016 for it... but I can't. It's just the way life works, peaks and valleys, ya know.
My goal is to look back on 2016 as a year of growth, when I had to do a lot of processing, think deeply and have very real conversations with those I love and respected. The valleys are hard, but they give us the opportunity to grow. Lily and I have been having such encouraging conversations about being creative professionals, mothers, wives and women. This blog will hopefully be a place of bold encouragement to you as we start a new year. We hope to share some of what we have been thinking about here, and we invite you to join in the conversation, as we cook, eat and make the mundane a series of beautiful moments throughout our days! We welcome you 2017, with wise, compassionate and gracious arms. Cheers to not only hitting the reset button but taking steps forward friends!